Edited extracts of minutes of the Finance Committee meeting held on 12th June 2018
It was decided that the following budgets be carried forward from 2017/2018 to 2018/2019 financial year :
- Walled Towns Symposium = £1,000
- Chichester in Bloom = £3,180
- Bus Shelters = £500
- Public Realm Projects = £23,966
It was also decided that IGS Fencing would be paid £1,890.76 to replace the damaged chain link fence to the boundary of Litten Gardens and the New Park Recreation Ground footpath.
The Chairman welcomed the BID (Business Improvement District) Chairman, Colin Hicks, to the meeting. The BID Chairman had asked for funding towards Christmas Lights (£20,000) plus a £10,000 contribution to hire a part-time City Ranger for weekends and a floating day. Mr Hicks added that the City Rangers had been working in the City Centre since 1 June 2018 and within 8 days, 41 incidents had been reported ranging from thefts from businesses, cycling in the precinct, and buskers not moving on. The Council decided to recommended that £10,000 be allocated to the BID for the City Rangers and that this be funded from the Public Realm Project. It was decided that the City Council would not contribute towards the Christmas Lights.
The Committee were advised of the Government initiative ‘Cyclescheme’ which aims to reduce the dependency on cars for commuting to work, alleviate the requirement for parking spaces and reduce pollution and congestion. The scheme allows employers to provide bicycles and safety accessories to employees as a tax-free benefit with the whole process being managed and administered by ‘Cyclescheme’ free of charge. The balance of the purchase cost of the bike is recovered from the employee from their monthly gross salary over a 12 month period. The financial benefit to the employer is a saving on National Insurance payments. Both the West Sussex and Chichester District Councils were involved with this scheme. The Committee felt that more information was required, and that this item be deferred to the next Finance Committee in October 2018.
It was recommended to Full Council that £5,000 towards the repainting and replacing (where necessary) of cycle racks and the installation of additional racks (where feasible) be allocated from the Public Realm budget. This sum would be added to the agreed contribution of £7,500 from Chichester District Council for this project.